To : Mr Sheldon,
portraiture is something i know at least a bit better about because of the fact that in theatre, our headshots are very important.
These pictures consist of a lot of different purposes…some being commercial, some being personal, some for profession sake.
So I guess depending on the purpose, the photographer will have to focus on what the emphasis should be. To me, Portraiture rings one word in my head and that is “Detail”.
I feel that Portraits have a very personal and intimate connection to its auiences.From the details on the face to what the shot is capturing on a more spiritual level. for eg, the shot showing the persons personality or feelings to help the viewer to have a stronger, more persona; connection to the subject.